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English definition of “industrial action”

industrial action

noun [U]     UK (US job action) HR
actions by workers, especially the action of stopping work, that are intended to force an employer to agree to something: Of the 1,000 employees at the plant, 55 per cent voted not to take industrial action. call for/organize/threaten industrial action call off/avert/avoid industrial action The car manufacturer is facing a threat of industrial action over plans to reduce pension benefits.
(Definition of industrial action noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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